Quickfire Lunch at RGB

RBG’s Quickfire lunch is surprisingly filling yet good value

250 grams of beef patty with buttered vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots), gravy and a creamy mashed potato

250 grams of beef patty with buttered vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots), gravy and a creamy mashed potato

It was still 1030H when I walked into RBG Bar and Grill Restaurant for the second time. The chance of eating again a set menu, a rarity in most part of the Philippines, well, except probably in the hallowed grounds of luxury hotels and fine diining destinations, thrilled me. Not so much about the experience of getting full halfway into the main course, but because of the impossibly cheap Quickfire Lunch that the restaurant, Park Inn Davao’s primary F&B outlet was just too good to pass.

Salad for a start. Soup for a second. Main for the apex and Dessert to tie it all together. Then a choice of Coffee or Iced Tea for drinks. Not bad and all for P375. This thrilled me. Considering that servings are ample. But probably, for Davao, just enough. It’s a city where, cheap breakfast buffets, if you don’t mind the selection, can be had at P150 at the bottom end or as high as about P950 at the most expensive.

There’s not much waiting time. A few minutes after sitting and conveying my desire to avail of the Quickfire Lunch, greens were served fresh and crisp while the broccoli and cauliflower were not soggy. I love the simplicity of the salad. Then you have to call on the waitress or waiter for the the second course.

I’ve tasted the egg drop soup and the cream of chicken and both tend to be at the salty side. Depending on the person, it can be a plus or not, but for me, the latter.

You have four selections for the main course and so far, I’ve tasted three: the burger steak, which was curiously, not as beefy as I expected it to be but has a tinge of sweetness. It’s generous at 250 grams per piece drizzled with slices of champignons and buttered veggies at the side; the tuna belly was sumptuous, and its flavor true; and lastly, my friend had crispy roasted pork. The latter is good, crunchy outside, tender inside. But the name was a bit misleading as what is served is plainly, however you look at it, lechon kawali. Probably roasted pork then fried to a crisp. At first we were expecting it to be like a crispy lechon but smiled when it eventually was served.

You can chose rice, garlic rice or mashed potatoes for the starch to accompany your main course. For both times, I chose the latter. And it was one of the best I’ve tasted. it’s chunky yet creamy. Drizzle a little bit of the gravy intended for the burger steak and it becomes more delicious.

You have three choices for dessert: butter cake, chocolate cake or fruit platter. I’ve tried all three and the best one is the slices of fruit which were all sweet and perfectly ripened. For the cake, of the two, I should chose the chocolate cake. While I love butter icing, the butter cake was just too heavy and too sweet, not good if you’re having some sore tonsils.

Should you try RBG’s Quickfire Lunch? By all means do! It’s cheap yet filling, especially if you’re hungry. It’s a good value eat at a hotel setting. Although, except for the really good and creamy mashed potato, nothing memorable.

Fresh greens, croutons and dressing with 2 slices of lemon

Fresh greens, croutons and dressing with 2 slices of lemon

Egg drop soup

Egg drop soup

Local fruit platter for dessert

Local fruit platter for dessert

NOTE: Not sponsored dining.Quickfire Lunch
RBG Bar & Grill
Park Inn by Radisson Davao
Asian Highway 26 J.P. Laurel Ave.
Davao City, Philippines
+63 82 2727600
http://www.parkinn.com/hotel-davao/restaurants-and-bars

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

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  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    February 13, 2016 @ 12:14

    RBG’s Quickfire lunch is surprisingly filling yet good value: 250 grams of beef patty with buttered vegetables… https://t.co/j6JNZzv3lB

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